Review: Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales at the Castle, Wellingborough

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales
Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales

What better way to bring the Easter holidays to an end than a trip to the theatre?

And when the show in question is based on children’s author Julia Donaldson’s best-selling work, you know you’re in for a good time.

Performers Scamp Theatre have ingeneously woven together three of her tales – Tiddler, the Smartest Giant in Town and a Squash and a Squeeze – around a fourth story, Monkey Puzzle.

This unusual approach works well, with the three actors taking on a huge number of roles but all performed with equally huge amounts of energy and expression.

All sorts of methods are used to keep the audience captivated, from musical instruments and puppetry to dance and juggling.

The original stories are well fleshed out with plenty of lively songs.

The set at first appears to be quite sparse, but the use of props is wonderfully inventive – for example, kitchen tins from earlier in the show are easily turned into houses with books for roofs when the giant comes to town.

Although suitable for children aged three, our five-year-old loved it and was a model of concentration the whole time.

This high-quality show does well to keep grown-ups amused too, and the constant movement on the stage there’s no chance of anybody’s attention wandering. A polished performance.